Finalists announced for 2019 Premier’s Sustainability Awards

A scheme which planted one million trees, a zero emissions program and marine science education are among 33 finalists – announced yesterday – vying to win at this year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards.

The Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) is sponsoring the government category which celebrates leadership and excellence by all levels of government in delivering outstanding sustainability outcomes through policies or initiatives.

The category showcases the important role councils play in delivering a more sustainable future. The finalists show the benefits of collaboration to deliver sustainability and are models of what committed, hard-working organisations can achieve.

The 2019 government category finalists are:

Barwon Water - Barwon Water's Zero Emissions program
Barwon Water has embraced an ambitious program to act on climate change by achieving 100% renewable energy by 2025 and zero net emissions by 2030. Barwon Water is already delivering projects totalling almost 50% of its renewable electricity target.

City West Water, Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority, Melbourne Water, Brimbank City Council, City of Melton, City of Moonee Valley, Hobsons Bay City Council, Hume City Council, Maribyrnong City Council, Wyndham City Council, Parks Victoria, VicRoads, Western Water, Lead West - Greening the West 1 Million Trees Project
A strategic, multi-agency approach determined planting locations, engaged with diverse community groups and collaborated comprehensively. Between 2015 and 2018, the project planted 1,072,320 trees and shrubs across 320 parks, reserves, open spaces, roadsides and private land covering an area of 1,755 hectares, involving over 4,500 volunteers and 100 private landowners who participated in 61 community events and tree planting days.

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning - Victorian Renewable Energy Target Reverse Auction
Victoria’s first renewable energy auction is supporting the development of more than 900 megawatts of new clean energy, driving down energy prices for consumers and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Victoria. It will ensure that 25% of electricity generation comes from renewable sources by 2020, 40% by 2025 and 50% by 2030.

The winners across 11 categories, including the top prize – the Premier’s Recognition Award, will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday 10 October at Forum Melbourne.


Last updated: 10/09/2019